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{May 31, 2013}   {Review} Twenty-Five Years Ago Today by Stacy Juda

6621424From Goodreads: Kris Langley has always been obsessed with murder. She blames herself for the violent death of her cousin when they were kids and has let guilt invade every corner of her existence. Now an editorial assistant and obit writer for a Massachusetts newspaper, Kris stumbles across an unsolved murder while compiling “25 Years Ago Today” items from the microfilm. She grows fascinated with the case of a young cocktail waitress who was bludgeoned to death and dumped in the woods. Determined to solve the case and atone for the death of her cousin, Kris immerses herself in the mystery of what happened to Diana Ferguson, a talented artist who expressed herself through haunting paintings of Greek mythology. Not only does Kris face resistance from her family and her managing editor, she also clashes with Diana’s suspicious nephew, Eric Soares – until neither she nor Eric can deny the chemistry flaring between them. Kris soon learns that old news never leaves the morgue and that yesterday’s headline is tomorrow’s danger, for finding out the truth about that night twenty-five years ago may shatter Kris’s present, costing her love, her career, and ultimately, her life.

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This novel has a bit of a slow start, but it ends quite nicely. The beginning spends much time situating the story, but once all the characters are identified and the mystery begins to take off, I was very interested in the book!   Originally, I was worried that I knew who the killer was very early on, but Juba throws in many kinks in the story, and I was pleasantly surprised when the truth of concerning the murder was revealed.  I actually didn’t see it until the big reveal was upon me, and I thought it was a great surprise.

Kris Langley is an interesting character that, though she pushes a little too hard on occasion, has a great resolve and yearning to solve the 25-year-old murder.  While I could have done without all the newspaper descriptions and issues within the novel itself, the mystery aspect and sleuthing that Kris undertakes was highly enjoyable and I liked how her relationship with Eric was portrayed.  Overall, this was a good read that those interested in mysteries should definitely pick up.  Three stars.

3 stars

I purchased this novel from Amazon.

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